PAULÍNA HALASOVÁ: YOU DESERVE ART!
The premiere exhibition of the paintings by a young artist from Spiš - Paulína Halasová, is presented in the dramaturgical cycle New Names - New Myths. It presents expressive figural paintings from the world of fictitious women: the author artfully combines realism with comic style and ironic reference to pop-culture phenomenon. Art historian Mgr. Jozef Ridilla characterizes Halasová's work from a purely artistic perspective as a "hedonistic celebration of life and creation."
The title of the exhibition is based on the same conceptual painting You Deserve Art! that belongs to the series Flower Revolution (2013 - 2014). The provocative "password" has become a major connotation of the project. Works from the series Parallel Dreams (2014 - 2016) combine comic stories with the world of women, blurring the boundaries between reality and dream. The author says that "in the works, the characters get rid of the trap of social status and live some dreams of them." According to the author, the works are "like cut-out sequences from the film, that together form one complete story in a symbiosis with new forms of art such as film or comics." The most numerous is the series of paintings called Mermaids Dust (2016 - 2018), where Halasová interprets the myth of the present day with the imaginative combination of living beings with the "soul" of nature, combining bizarre fantasies about man and wonderful beings. The bearing one is the concept of a cycle of life that "never ends ... because life is a fantasy world that we don't have to invent."
About the author
Paulína Halasová (* 1992, Martin) has lived in Spišská Nová Ves since her early childhood. In 2017 she graduated from the Department of Painting, Studio of Painting at doc. Klaudia Kosziba at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. In 2015 - 2016 she was on an internship at the Studio of Painting III, the Michael Rittstein School at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (CZ) and in 2012 - 2015 she studied at the Department of Stage Design at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In addition to painting, she devotes herself to scenography design and costume design: she has implemented projects for the Spiš Theater and the Hviezdoslav Theater in Spišská Nová Ves (2017), for the UM UM Theater Festival in Stará Ľubovňa (2018) and for EyeKontakt in the Wave Cultural Center in Prešov (2019). After her studies she exhibited at the Miloš A. Bazovský Gallery in Trenčín (2018) and at the Šariš Gallery in Prešov (2018).
Curator: Mgr. Lucia Benická - GUS
Special cooperation: Mgr. Jozef Ridilla
Production: Mgr. Zuzana Juháziová - GUS
Graphic design: Mgr. art. Ivana Babejová - GUS